Sunday, June 24, 2007
This weekend was GREAT!!!!! Ron and I stayed well within the recommended range for everything *AND* we did A LOT of exercise. We woke up on Saturday morning and took Cappy for a 2 mile walk to get coffee. Then we packed up our back packs and drove up to Ojai to one of our favorite hikes. We were extra motivated to do the hike, because after running it through the fitness tracker, we saw that a 90 minute hike carrying 10-20 pounds would burn 990 calories!!!!! I don't know how it works, but with Cappy's walk and and the hike I burned 1214 calories in one day, which was double my weekly goal. The hike up was hot and dusty and when we got to our spot, there were already some people camping there. We had to spend the evening at a sad little secondary site, but that's okay. Today we woke up and broke camp, made breakfast and hiked back to the car. It felt really good to wash all the trail dust out of the car and head down the hill for some lunch. I was looking forward to some ice cream or something sweet, but when it came time to pick out my ice cream, I just couldn't get the 330 calorie hagen dazs ice cream bar that I was looking forward too. I had been working so hard all week, and I just couldn't do it!!!!! I opted for a healthier natural non dairy fudge bar. And it was just as good as the hagen dazs would have been, but I felt sooooooooo good about the choice that I think it actually tasted better.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Back on track. I did pretty well today, went over by 37 calories, but that's not so bad. I got some cardio in, did all my strength work, and drank plenty of water. I remember the last time I tried to change my eating habits, I was hungry no matter what I ate for the first weeks, so I'm thinking that is what is going on here. Its my brain freaking out, because I am taking away the comfort of food, and its telling my body that I am hungry, when I shouldn't be. Tomorrow we go back packing and that will be good to get out and away and active!
Friday, June 22, 2007
Its the end of my third day as part of SparkPeople. Its been an interesting time so far. I did REALLY well the night that I signed up and then the first whole day was great. There was some healthy competition between my boyfriend and me, seeing who would drink their 8 glasses of water a day first, and who had the most points. Its actually kind of fun. Then the second day came, which was bad...*see day 2* So today was a fresh start, and I did better than day two, I was still over my limits, but not by much.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Yesterday was my first full day as a member of sparks, and I spent a lot of time getting the nutrition thing going and working towards getting more points is actually fun. I can see how the motivational aspect of sparkpeople can work. To make the whole Sparkpeople experience accurate, we went to Target last night and purchased a scale. I knew I had gained a lot of weight in the past couple of years, but I was not prepared for how much I had gained. When I stepped on the scale and it stopped at 200lbs, I freaked out. That combined with being hungry threw me for a loop. I didn't want to tell my boyfriend how much I actually weighed, but I did. It was hard to say it out loud. He was supportive and loving. It's not like he's blind, he knows what I look like. He sees me naked. But it was HARD saying "200 pounds" to him. I felt like if he knew the actual number that he would see me as "too fat" for him or something like that. I'm working on "the stories I tell myself" as part of my therapy, so I guess I had a therapeutic moment, because I realized that's not ture, and he loves me for who I am.
Then came today. It was promotion day for my almost stepson (he's starting high school next fall) and my almost stepdaughter (she's starting kindergarden next fall). This meant a drastic swing from my normal eating routine. It was a quick breakfast, which ended up being spark friendly, then a luncheon of mac'n'cheese, corn, cornbread, and cake. (Chicken was also served, but since I am a vegetarian I didn't partake.) I would have been with in my Spark range if I didn't eat anything for the rest of the day, but that didn't happen. Later in the afternoon, while waiting for an appointment (that we missed) we munched on chips, crackers, *AND* nuts. Then was the promotion dinner at BJs pizza. That just pushed me over the edge. I guess I ate less pizza then I normally would eat and I stopped before I was too full, so its not a total loss, but I did go off the charts as far as calories, carbs & fat are concerned. I felt pretty bad about that. I ended the day doing the full strength training plan, working on gaining points, and I'm not feeling so bad about myself anymore. Tomorrow is a new day. I hope it will be better.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
I started w/ SparksPeople last night. Ron (my man) and I started it together, although we have opposite goals. I think it will be good for us to do this together. A little healthy competition never hurt anyone, right? Since we started last night, I didn't have the chance to go shopping so that I would have the right foods for today. Then I realized that I could edit the menu to work with food that I already had in the house. I wasn't planning on starting the eating portion of the plan, but I was able to, and so I'm on my way! We also did a little of the excersizes last night. It felt good, and I like the whold slow start approach. Yay SparkPeople!!!
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